Fonds PR1060 - E. A. Awid fonds

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E. A. Awid fonds

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    • 1926-1940 (Creation)

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    0.04 m of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Ahmed A. Awid was born on December 22, 1882 in Lala, Lebanon. In 1901 he immigrated to London, Ontario, where he worked as a salesman. In 1904 he moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and worked as a clothing peddler until opening his own general store in 1906. He sold the store in 1907 and traveled to Brandon, Manitoba to open another store, which he sold in 1912. He married his wife, Mary Bodnarowych (1896-1964) in Winnipeg in 1918, and together they had sixteen children.

    Awid operated a number of stores in various locations in Brandon, Manitoba until he moved with his family to Edmonton circa (ca.) 1926. He opened another store at 10408 97th Street called Montreal Dry Goods, which was moved to 101st Street ca. 1940. Awid closed his store in 1945 and became a salesman until his retirement in 1952.

    He returned to Lebanon in 1960 but later returned to Edmonton. He died there in 1979.

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    Fonds consists of the personal records of E.A. Awid and some business records for his store, Montreal Dry Goods, and contains correspondence, receipts, utilities bills, cancelled cheques, an income tax return, a bank statement, and customer accounts.

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    Mr. Richard Awid deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1975. Mr. Awid’s relationship with E.A. Awid is unknown.


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        The material is in English and Farsi.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records and from A Salute to the Arab Pioneers of Northern Alberta by Richard Awid and Jim Haymour, located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library under location number 305.8927 Aw41 PAA.

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        Includes accession PR1975.0092.

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